Garden - Garden Gossip - Smith "Nature Friendly" Farm

Go to content

Main menu:

Aosom low cost greenhouse

Published by Jollean Smith in Garden Recommendations · 11/10/2020 09:17:17
Tags: GardenGreenhouseAosomHighTunnel

Being able to extend your garden season and even grow all year is glorious. We recently added a mini high tunnel from Aosom.com to our garden and I am incredibly excited about it for this garden season. Here is a quick review of our early findings on the Aosom mini high tunnel and our experience with the purchase of the product.



Shipping
This was shipped incredibly fast and in good order. No packaging damage and every required piece in the box and accounted for.

Instructions
It's a large structure. It's not going to be easy, but it wasn’t hard. Well hard for my husband. If I did it alone I might not say the same thing. For the most part one person can do it but at some point you will need two people to hold up ends while the other person connects the pieces. The instructions are visual displays with numbers and not written. In our video we address a couple of spots in the set up that were not clear through the visuals.

Cost
You cannot beat the price. We paid just under $190 for a 10x10x20 greenhouse. Look for sales and sign up for email to get additional discounts.

Product Quality
Value for money is absolutely there. FOr what I paid I am sure for a few years I will massively enjoy this greenhouse. Reality check is that it's not a high end product. You have to remember you did not pay a high end price. But value for money is spot on. The greenhouse uses a very light frame and could be easily bent. The zipper is the biggest weak zone and is likely the first thing to go. But the structure is sound and designed well. You most definitely want to reinforce the structure to hold it down in the wind.

Can it withstand wind
Yes but…you have to take some time to secure it yourself. Hurricane Delt came through about a month after we had our greenhouse put up. I will admit I was worried. But we staked down the frame with extra long tent poles and used weighted materials to hold down the sides of the cover and it held through some very intense wind. Now we are inland and not along the coast so it did not have 100 mph wind but it did withstand 50 mph wind. You need to ensure the velcro inside is 100% attached to your structure to keep it from lifting. And you certainly could not install it as is from the box and expect it to be just fine. You have to do your own work to make this structure wind resistant. But that was not hard nor expensive.

What I love
This greenhouse is really spacious. The windows flip up and down easily and the cover seems really solid. It took less than two hours to build and when I was done I could get excited about winter growing. As a market farmer who is just starting out, you cannot beat the affordability. I of course in future hope for a larger and more long term high tunnel, but this will allow me to expand this year while keeping within our means.

What I would change
I wish the greenhouse had doors on both ends. This would allow for greater airflow and less pressure on the use of one door. I would also use a higher quality zipper. I would have paid more for a better zipper for sure.

Important to note
The greenhouse does not come with ground cover or pegs to stake it into the ground. Make sure to get both before you set it up.

Well the Aosom Greenhouse gets two thumbs up for value. I can tell you it has created a new happy place within our garden.


Smith’s Nature Friendly Farm Store

Want to keep reading or watching?
Check out our Hybrid No Till Garden on YouTube


We would love it if you would connect with us:

On YouTube  
On Facebook
On Twitter


Our blog can include Google Advertisements or Amazon affiliate links. These links can generate revenue from Google or Amazon. See our privacy policy to learn more.


10 cents from every dollar made at Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm including ad revenue from Google or Amazon will be donated to the charities we work with. Learn more about how we give back.

We appreciate you joining us. Be friendly. Be kind. Take care.




The top seeds we are trying for 2020 in the garden.

Published by Jollean Smith in Vegetables · 25/1/2020 18:17:50
Tags: Garden2020SeedsGrowLegenTomatoes

We are growing some new and very cool seeds in the garden this year and we wanted to share them with you.

Let's get right into them!



Reimer Seeds:

Hungarian Spice Paprika Pepper
Last garden season, I dried tomato skins that I saved from canning tomato. I just love the beautiful tomato powder it made so I decided to find something new I could turn into powder this year. So I am excited to make my own Paprika this year. Peppers are usually an easy grow for me. I will let you know how these turn out.

Wild Tobacco
We commonly get Hornworms on our tomato plants. At Smith’s “Nature Friendly” Farm we have a strict no squish policy (except for fire ants and mosquitos). So we don’t squish the hornworms. The hornworm actually turns into an important pollinator the beautiful hawkmoth. Our goal is to grow a section of the garden that is dedicated just for them. Hopefully they will hang out there more and when needed, I will transplant them from my prized (usually blight stricken tomato plants).




Legend Tomato
So I am probably the only gardener out there who can’t grow a Tomato. I get early blight, late blight and in between blight. Sometimes I can get the odd cherry tomato but the forever sought out big juicy red tomato is lost on me. Reimers Legend tomato is supposed to have increased resilience to blight. If it helps me redeem my tomato growing status, I will be sure to let you know.


Territorial Seeds:

Fortune F1 Yellow Summer Squash
Now I could not find this seed on Territorials website. So they must have sold out. I have found a link for another company but I have never tried their seeds before. I will share it with you and leave it to you to decide.

The reason I am excited about this Summer Squash is that it is supposed to be prolific. I sell summer squash at the farmers market as its popular in the south.
The site that has this particular seed is Holmes

Swallowtail Seeds:
Windsor Hybrid Pumpkin
Ok I love pumpkins and this one just looks fun. Who doesn’t want to grow a pumpkin on their patio??? This micro pumpkin plant is definitely all for fun. I likely will have a few plants for sale at our local farmers market.

So those are our favourites new seeds to try on this year. Lots more being grown in the garden this year, but these ones are at the top of the list. We will let you know how they perform in the garden for 2020!


Shop with us!
Smith’s “Nature Friendly” Farm Store

Want to keep reading?
Medicinal Plants for Bees
Raspberry Plants

We would love it if you would connect with us:

On YouTube  
On Facebook
On Twitter  


Our blog includes Google Advertisements. These advertisements can generate revenue from Google.10 cents from every dollar made at Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm including ad revenue from Google will be donated to the charities we work with. Learn more about how we give back.

We appreciate you joining us. Be friendly. Be kind. Take care.






Cast Iron Fried Cabbage

Published by Jollean Smith in Recipe · 18/1/2020 19:28:45
Tags: CastIronCabbageGardenVeggies



I like recipes that are not too particular. This is one of those. Chop and toss, my friends!

It's also a great recipe for using up an excess of garden grown cabbage. I made this one with kielbasa but my lovely vegetarian friends, you can skip the meat and add cashews instead.

Cast Iron Fried Cabbage
2 Tbsp butter
4 Cups of chopped cabbage
1 Chopped onion
1 Tsp paprika (or to taste, I liked a bit more)
4 Cloves of garlic
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Package of kielbasa sliced or 2 cups of cashews

Break out the cast iron fry pan for this one (regular fry pan can also be used but cast iron cooks so nice and even).

Steps:
Add 1 tbsp of butter to your pan and heat on medium.
As soon as butter start melting add in all ingredients. Add the paprika last for best coverage.
Stir and heat until cabbage and onions have softened.
Voila! Complete.

It's that simple! Enjoy.

Want another great garden recipe?
Cast iron cheesy casserole
Vegetable soup

We would love it if you would connect with us:

On YouTube
On Facebook
On Twitter


Our blog includes Google Advertisements. These advertisements can generate revenue from Google.10 cents from every dollar made at Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm including ad revenue from Google will be donated to the charities we work with. Learn more about how we give back.

We appreciate you joining us. Be kind, be friendly. Take care.






A tested recipe to cure Powdery Mildew

Published by Jollean Smith in Plants · 26/10/2019 16:12:03
Tags: PowderyMildewCureDiseasePlantsGardenSprayEcoFriendly.

This year in the squash patch I experienced an outbreak of Powdery Mildew. A mold that appears commonly on the leaves of squash plants. Powdery Mildew can actually affect all kinds of plants including:

Squash & Gourds
Apples & Pears
Grapes
Onions
Cucumbers
Legumes
Melons
Wheat & Barley
Lilacs
Delphiniums
Zinnias
Daisy’s
Phlox

Likely a few more I have missed.

Good news is that you can manage it in a cheap eco friendly way. You do not need to run out and buy a bunch of fungicides.

This is a recipe that I tested this summer from a YouTube blogger “Project Diaries”.

His video came recommended from a lovely Twitter friend @JeanO_Appleseed, so I decided to give it a try and record the results. What attracted me to the recipe is that all the items required were already in my house and it did not contain any harsh chemicals.

Recipe:

  • 1 Spray Bottle (Recycle a Windex bottle or buy one from the dollar store)

  • 500 ml water (Just over 2 cups)

  • 1-3 Tsp Baking Soda

  • 2 Tsp Eco Friendly  (Optional, I just used a few drops)

  • 1 Tsp Vegetable Oil


Mix together and add to a spray bottle.

The results on this spray were excellent. By the next day I saw a mass reduction in Powdery Mildew.

Here is my YouTube video on the test over two days.

We love to be liked!

On Facebook
On Twitter
On YouTube

Our blog includes Google Advertisements. These advertisements can generate revenue from Google.10 cents from every dollar made at Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm including ad revenue from Google will be donated to the charities we work with. Learn more about how we give back.


We appreciate you joining us. Be kind, be Nature Friendly.




Roselle Plant Feature

Published by Jollean Smith in Plants · 28/9/2019 11:21:32
Tags: RoselleFlowersFoodPlantGarden

The number one plant in my garden that people stopped to ask me about this year, is my Roselle.

It forms into a delicate bush with beautiful glossy red flower pods. Those pods open for a day and an Okra like, flower emerges. You never seem to have many flowers open at once, but there is always an abundance of beautiful red flower pods. The stems and flowers are a deep red, which is really what makes it stand out.

The plant is native to India and was early on brought to Africa. Today, it is grown all over the world.

I grew the plant easily from seed. I started the plant indoors in March and placed it into terrible soil after the last frost and it grew very well. I would describe this plant as Southern hardy. I have rarely watered, not fertilized it and it has grown just fine. Some of the Roselle plants I have not watered at all. I love it when a plant can be drought tolerant. If you were to grow in colder zones 2 - 5 you would need to start early indoors and keep it mostly indoors until the threat of frost has passed. In colder temps the plant may not grow as big. But if you babied it or if you have a greenhouse you might do quite well.


Edible Roselle buds.


Here are some fast facts on the Roselle plant:

  • Although it looks like an Okra plant it is actually a member of the Hibiscus family.

  • The leaves and flowers are edible.

  • The flower flavour is said to be cranberry like.

  • The plant is used to make jelly, syrup, candy, tea and used to add flavour to meals.

  • It is high in Calcium & Iron.

  • Annual to most zones but in Zone 10 - 11 it is a perennial

  • You can trim them to get bushier plants, which lead to more flowers.


At the farm this year we are going to test making candied flowers and we will let you know how that goes. < --- it didn't go well, video coming soon!

In the meantime if you would like some seeds we have some for sale in the farm store for $2.00.

Watch more.
Roselle Plant YouTube video
Harvensting Roselle Seeds YouTube video

*Make sure to hit that subscribe button!


Read more.
Medicinal plants for bees.

We love to be liked!
On Facebook
On Twitter
On YouTube

Our blog includes Google Advertisements. These advertisements can generate revenue from Google.10 cents from every dollar made at Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm including ad revenue from Google will be donated to the charities we work with. Learn more about how we give back.




Older posts
Google
Back to content | Back to main menu